Determine Your Core Values (with Free Printable!)

In planning, something I’ve found to be important it to start with the big picture and break it down smaller and smaller into a daily plan of action. Another way to do this is to think backwards.

Visualize with me. Fast forward to the very end of your life. What will matter to you then, when your life is over? Those are the things that will matter now too, and probably the things that you should prioritize. I know death and the end of your life probably aren’t fun things to think about, but if it helps you to live better in the here and the now, then maybe it’s necessary.

Just for kicks – I did a little research for you. I think you will be enlightened by this, just as I was.

Here are the 9 Most Common Regrets People Have at the End of Life:
1. I wish I had been more loving to the people that matter most.
2. I wish I had been a better spouse, parent, or child.
3. I wish I had not spent so much time working.
4. I wish I had taken more risks.
5. I wish I had been happier and enjoyed life more.
6. I wish I had lived my very own dream.
7. I wish I had taken better care of myself.
8. I wish I had done more for others.
9. I wish I had chosen work that was meaningful for me.

Now, let’s think about Core Values. What is a Core Value? It’s a statement that sums up what you believe or what you value most in life. Usually, one will have up to a maximum of five of these statements that really define who they are as a person. It’s a standard that you set for yourself, and you can use it to help you in your decision-making.

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    Discover Your Passions (with Free Printable!)

    If I were to interview you and say, “So tell me about yourself,” what would you say to me?

    Would you say that you are a Wife, a Mother, maybe name some of your roles for me like your Career, your Church Involvement, or your Obligations with your Kid’s school? These are your Relational and Occupational Roles.

    Or would you tell me about the things that you are not OBLIGATED to do, but the things that you actually ENJOY doing…. that you are a Memory Keeper, Writer, Planner, Deal Shopper, StoryTeller, Photographer, Runner, Crafter, etc.? Those things would be your Passions and the things that fulfill you on a very personal level, wouldn’t they?

    So let’s dig a little deeper than the surface level relational roles and hats you wear here… I want you to think about your Passions. The things you Love and Enjoy. The things that excite you? The thing that invigorates you, fulfills you when you get the time to do it?

    Be honest and bold here in your response. What is it that makes you giddy and your heart race? If you are having trouble, take a few more minutes to think about it. It could be that you haven’t made time for yourself in so long that you find it difficult to develop a list. It could also be that, for whatever reason, you’ve stopped doing the thing that you love to do.

    I know that I can say this was true for me. I have always loved to write and been fulfilled in it – even if no one ever read it. But it wasn’t something I pursued because I didn’t have the time. Until I started to MAKE the time. And now, I’m more fulfilled than ever because I’m doing what I love.

    Find whatever it is that you love – the thing you can do for yourself.

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